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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Care for the caregiver

Published in Health Care Home, Home Health Services Author: Nola Varilek

Family, friends, partners and neighbors may all be caregivers. Caregivers of an aging adult or chronically ill adult or child expend a lot resources (emotional, physical and financial). It is important that caregivers also take care of themselves to avoid too much stress and burnout. Assess if the following tips may help you find balance in your day as a caregiver.

  • Exercise regularly. Eat healthy meals. Get the right amount of sleep.
  • Get routine health checkups and let your provider know you are a caregiver.
  • Tune into your own feelings and talk about them.
  • Create realistic goals and a caregiving plan.
  • Realize some things are uncontrollable.
  • Celebrate even the small successes.
  • Laugh — remember to include humor to lighten everyone’s stress.
  • Take time to just sit and visit with your loved one — to not always be “doing.”
  • Help your loved one discover his/her legacy.
  • Take regular breaks from caregiving to do something you enjoy.
  • Take advantage of respite from family or area services.
  • Understand symptoms of stress and burnout (withdrawal, general irritability, feeling blue or hopeless, changes in appetite or sleep, emotional or physical exhaustion).

You don’t have to do this job alone. It is important that you know when to seek help from professionals. CentraCare Health Home Care & Hospice supports caregivers and can offer guidance on other local services that might assist your loved one's care at home. To learn more, call us at 320-259-9375.